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How York County, Pa., changes, in four easy views

Springettsbury Township’s new firehall began the way all good projects do. With a concept and a felt need to modernize. That idea turned into an architectural drawing for a site – about a mile east of its longtime home along the Lincoln Highway. On one level, the need to modernize considering the regional nature of Springettsbury fire and emergency medical services makes a compelling argument. On the other, York County loses more green space. It costs tax dollars. And you have to look at what’s left behind

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The First Post: 6 views of how Springettsbury Township’s old Road House Restaurant building has changed

Maybe it’s because many people in York County, Pa., have seen so many significant structures come down in the past five years. Or 50 years. But the preservation of the house best known as the former Road House restaurant has … Continue reading

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When residents admire York County architecture, they put church buildings on their most-viewed lists

York countians love to talk about the wonderful architecture around here. And they also are eager to engage when significant architecture is found in houses of worship. In fact, church buildings are among York County, Pa.’s, most best-known and admired architectural prizes. This one, for example. The way the congregation lights it up – a beacon to motorists driving along Interstate 83 and the old Lincoln Highway.

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Why study local history? Here’s how one York County school is doing it

Tom Melhorn, a local history teacher at Dallastown Area High School, says his students are curious about the Underground Railroad in York County. The William C. Goodridge House, pictured in this file photograph, is one of two York County sites … Continue reading

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A moment to honor two York, Pa., heroes: ‘There’s that Voni and Lorrayne Grimes’

Voni B. and Lorrayne Grimes were honored at a recent event at their York, Pa., church, Small A.M.E. Zion Church. ‘Let God tell you what he’s going to do in your life,’ Voni Grimes told the large gathering. ‘But most importantly, don’t speak with your mouth. Speak with your heart.’

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Ye York Valley Inn scrubbed up well for noted artist

Springettsbury Township’s York Valley Inn went up before 1750 to serve travelers in wagons moving from east to west, and it came down in the 1960s because of those travelers in automobiles needed more road, and many travelers had stayed … Continue reading

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These old York County steps, Part 6: Where did they lead?

These Springettsbury Township, Pa., steps don’t make sense. Why would someone want to walk from one fast-food place – Wendy’s – to another, Arby’s, both the the 2700 block of Route 462. So they must be left over from another time.

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50 years ago in York, Pa.: AMF paved way for Harley-Davidson

This Harley-Davidson motorcycle was assembled on Feb. 2, 1973, the first to roll off the line at the Harley plant in Springettsbury Township. This Sunburst Blue Sportster XLCH carries the serial number 4A60000H3. The company, then AMF, had just moved assembly of its bikes to York County. The bike, owned by Mercer County’s Mark Duell, is seen here in 2013, but was back in York and on display at the Harley open house and associated Bike Night and White Rose Thunder activities this weekend.

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Digging York County’s Camp Security: Spanish silver coin dated 1780

The dig continues at Springettsbury Township’s Camp Security, the prisoner-of-war camp that detained British prisoners from 1781-83. That Spanish silver coin, for example.

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Digging Camp Security: 10 ways to know more about York’s British POW camp

First they tilled the Springettsbury Township field, and then volunteers and trained archaeologists went to work. They found some 18th-century artifacts, significant because this could be the site of Camp Security, the British prisoner-of-war camp that operated from 1781 to 1783.

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